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Biz, consumers not eyeing face recognition tech

Publisher: 
ZDNet Asia
Publication date: 
05-Dec-2011
Author(s): 
Ellyne Phneah
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A spokesperson from Privacy International added that whether consumers' privacy is compromised depends on how the software works. It appears that people's faces are detected by video surveillance cameras equipped with computer algorithms, he said, but it is unknown if the information captured is retained, and if so, for how long.

If the information is not retained, people's privacy is being "somewhat protected", he stated. However, facial detection used in digital billboards is more problematic because opting out of such service seems impossible and backend issues such as how the data is stored and who has access to the information might fall afoul of privacy regulations.